Billy Phelan's Greatest Game

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Penguin Books, 1983 - Fiction - 282 pages
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Billy Phelan, small-time bookie, pool hustler, and poker player becomes an unlikely go-between in the 1938 kidnapping of an Albany political boss's son

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Review: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (The Albany Cycle #2)

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Another winner from Kennedy! This is the story of a young gambler and bookie living in Albany in the 1930's, and it's filled with interesting characters, absorbing conflict, and universal insights concerning life and love and loyalty. Kennedy is a master in the true sense of the word! Read full review

Review: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (The Albany Cycle #2)

User Review  - Goodreads

Another winner from Kennedy! This is the story of a young gambler and bookie living in Albany in the 1930's, and it's filled with interesting characters, absorbing conflict, and universal insights concerning life and love and loyalty. Kennedy is a master in the true sense of the word! Read full review

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Section 1
59
Section 2
95
Section 3
229
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About the author (1983)

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy brought his native city to literary life in many of his works. The Albany cycle, includes Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed.The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed, the play Grand View, and cowrote the screenplay for the The Cotton Club with Francis Ford Coppola. Kennedy also wrote the nonfiction O Albany! and Riding the Yellow Trolley Car. Some of the other works he is known for include Roscoe and Very Old Bones.

Kennedy is a professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Governor's Arts Award. Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities.

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